I agree with you. I have to say though, if you are going to use the word retarded, you need to spell it correctly; otherwise, it's like the pot calling the kettle black...
Anyway, yes, I have noticed the same thing. It's a deterioration of values. I'm a classroom teacher close to, though not inside, a large city. I think that evidence of this moral breakdown can be seen right inside my classroom. The kids I teach are 'the future', and what I see is extremely scary: negative attitudes, a sense of entitlement, and very little respect for authority. I think the root cause is anger and loneliness, among other things. I have to mention that I work in a rather affluent neighborhood, so having money or not having money makes little if any difference.
People aren't really blind to all this, at least people in my age group (late thirties/early forties) who actually have seen this major and obvious shift because we grew up in the sixties and seventies, when it was "tame" compared to today. People still respected their elders, listened to and obeyed their teachers, held part-time jobs to build character, and didn't spend hours in front of a screen of some kind. Maybe it is due to that...maybe there is so much technology that it breaks down family ties. The strongest families I know put very little emphasis on TV, computers, and video games.
I wish I could explain what is wrong with America today...I would say my theory is the breakdown of the family.
Will it get worse? I don't know...look at the culture of the fifties and how it relates to the sixties. Culture got "worse" because attitudes, values and morals shifted dramatically. However, compare that with the eighties, when attitudes again shifted in a positive way, with family values making a comeback.
It may shift again -- in the future, we may pick up a magazine to read an article about the "loose early 21st century" and how crazy it was "back then"!!!